It's going to take a while to sort through all of this, but we did make some progress!
Okay, so the couch is still camoflaged by crap, but the bookcases are in place. And one has been filled up.
You'll notice that you can now see the top of the desk!
We also played with some paint. Chris wants green - like "golf" and "country clubs" and "the Fox and the Hound" (a pub). So he chose really really dark greens. I am trying to steer him towards gray. Or at least not so dark green.